New Technologies Assist with Heart Surgeries at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center

April 15, 1:30am, UTC - 3:00am, UTC


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On Feb. 8th, the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center launched its hybrid operating room, which is equipped with a mobile, robotic unit which performs medical imaging, including 3D visualization and real-time 3D guidance. This ‘technology-assisted operating room’ makes it the first hospital west of the Mississippi to employ this cutting-edge technology.

The operating room allows for a team of vascular surgeons, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons to work side-by-side with a catheter laboratory team, and the facility also includes an adjacent control/observation room, a sterile supply room, equipment room and more. The room enables Lovelace to obtain images in a way that is unique, providing less radiation exposure and use of contrast to patients as well as the ability to perform hybrid (OR and Cath Lab) procedures in one setting versus moving a patient mid-procedure.

Elisa Gugerty, nursing director of cardiovascular labs, will be speaking about this amazing story of how technology improves healthcare.

Speaker: Elisa Gugerty - Nursing Director, Cardiovascular Labs, Heart Hospital of New Mexico has oversight for Invasive Cardiology, Invasive Vascular Labs and EP labs which include diagnostic and intervention for cardiac and vascular patients, transfemoral AAA repair, TAVR, Implants, EP studies and ablations.

Previously, she had managed Patient Care Services, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson Arizona, where she had oversight for oversight for 45 registered nurses, six radiology technologists and five ancillary associates.

She has been recognized by CHAN Healthcare Auditors as having a Leading Practice for Observation Units as well as overseeing a successful implementation of a Transradial Access Program in the Cardiac Cath Lab.